Contractors

The provision of high level knowledge services in certain sectors of the UK economy has traditionally been delivered by individuals engaging as a limited company contractor.

This structure allows both the worker and the end client to obtain flexibility,  outside of the constraints of modern day UK employment law, as well as both parties obtaining tax and national insurance savings. As you will be off payroll, you will need a contractor accountant to help you run this business and declare and then pay the correct taxes.

As specialist contractor accountants, we have developed a wealth of accounting and tax experience in acting for such contractors, who typically require a mix of our services such as:

  • Start-up assistance, including company formation with ‘alphabet shares’.
  • Specialist tax advice in relation the “24 month” rule for ordinary commuting travel and scale rate subsistence and accommodation expense allowances.
  • IR35 contract reviews  (if not subject to off-payroll rules administered by your client).
  • Registering for VAT, including under the flat rate scheme.
  • Setting a book-keeping system up using cloud accounting software (so that we can provide support remotely).
  • Remuneration planning (tax efficient mix of salary and dividends).
  • Annual payroll, based on a ‘minimum’ salary.
  • Preparing and submitting a self assessment tax return for you personally to HMRC.
  • Using employer contributions to save corporation tax and fund my personal pension scheme.
  • Dissolution of the company, if your contract ends and you go back ‘on the books’.
As contractor accountants we can also help answer questions such as:
  • Is my contract IR35 friendly?
  • When can I take dividends?
  • What taxes do I have to pay?
  • How do I start a limited company?
  • Do I have to register for VAT?
  • What expenses can I claim tax relief on?
  • Can I claim tax relief on working from home?
  • Can I involve my spouse, to save tax?

Client Review

As an engineering manager, I started my own consultancy business ten years ago, with my wife as co-director. Whiting & Partners guided us in setting up the day to day accounting systems, that even the smallest company has to have, and have since looked after the annual accounts and tax matters.



 
Latest Blogs in Contractors
 
Vanessa Pearson
26th March 2021 6 April: A Guide to Off-Payroll Working Tax Rules

The proposed new rules apply regarding who determines IR35 status for freelancers hired by medium and large companies are imminent. Our Brief Guide will help find out how this affects you and what you can do: A Brief Guide to Off-Payroll Working Blog entry by: Vanessa Pearson

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Vanessa Pearson
18th February 2021 IR35 – HMRC announce ‘light touch’ approach to penalties

The new private sector off-payroll rules are due to start from 6 April 2021 and HMRC have published their latest guidance – here.   The changes move the responsibility for determining a contractor’s IR35 status from the worker’s personal service company to the end client engaging them, where the end client is a medium/large business.…

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Lisa Smith
7th April 2020 COVID-19 – Furlough for IR35 Workers in the Public Sector

The Government has issued guidance notes to clarify the extent to which the Furloughing arrangements can be offered to all public sector workers including contingent workers being paid under PAYE, through an umbrella or their own personal service company.  This means that the scheme can be offered to those individuals who:   work through a…

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Vanessa Pearson
19th March 2020 IR35: Government delays private sector reforms

Only days after Budget 2020 confirmed that IR35 reforms to the private sector would go ahead, the changes have been postponed until 6 April 2021. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay MP, confirmed “This is a deferral and not a cancellation”. Amongst the unintended consequences of this legislation, the lack of employment rights for…

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Vanessa Pearson
18th February 2020 6 April: A Guide to Off-Payroll Working Tax Rules

There are less than two months to go until the proposed new rules apply regarding who determines IR35 status for freelancers hired by medium and large companies. Our Brief Guide will help find out how this affects you and what you can do   A Brief Guide to Off-payroll Working_Feb 2020

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Vanessa Pearson
16th January 2020 Off-Payroll Working Rules: 11th hour reprieve?

Those personal service companies working in the private sector (referred to, variously, as freelancers, consultants or contractors) should now be aware that new tax rules will apply to them with effect from 6-Apr-20.  These rules, off-payroll working, aim to finally clamp down on the abuse of the Inland Revenue Press Release number 35 tax rules…

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Vanessa Pearson
13th December 2019 April 2020 Proposed IR35 changes: Status appeals process

As the planned changes to who determines IR35 status are fast approaching, contractors would be well advised to review their contracts on HMRC’s updated CEST (Check Employment Status for Tax) tool. Having provided answers to questions regarding substitution, control and nature of the work, the updated tool will give HMRC’s view of the workers employment…

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Vanessa Pearson
28th October 2019 Off-Payroll Worker Tax Rules: Be prepared!

Knowledge based contractors working in the private sector will hopefully now be well aware that, subject to any possible Government last minute change of heart, new tax rules are coming next April. For many, who are not currently following IR35 rules, this will mean a large increase in the tax they pay; perhaps tens of…

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Ian Piper
1st October 2019 New Off-Payroll Working Tax Rules: Y/N?

Readers, particularly knowledge based contractors working through their own personal service companies, will hopefully now be familiar with the new ‘off-payroll working’ tax rules being introduced in the private sector on 1 April 2020. These are being introduced as part of the Government’s general strategy over recent years to eliminate tax avoidance, tax evasion, and…

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Amanda Newman
23rd August 2019 Changes in VAT for Contractors and Subcontractors

Confused by the new CIS reverse charge VAT rules that come into effect from 1 October 2019, then HMRC have issued further guidance at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-domestic-reverse-charge-for-building-and-construction-services#overview.   The basics are as from 1 October 2019 if you are a VAT registered subcontractor working for a contractor you will no longer be paid for the VAT element…

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